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Just Take Those Old Witchcraft Records Off the Shelf...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 30, 2019 09:59pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Louise Huebner
"If your partner is sexy enough, but projects little warmth, and warmth is what you desire...then you could use the Emotional Bondage Spell."
~ Louise Huebner (the "Official Witch of Los Angeles County"). From her 1969 album, Seduction Through Witchcraft.

In the late 1960s and early '70s, there was a fantastic blaze of witchcraft movies, books, and music. From spoken word albums like Alex Sanders' A Witch is Born, to the birth of occult rock n' roll with bands like Coven and Black Widow, this was truly the time to be rubbing your body up with Abramelin oil on a Saturday night!

In 1970, The Rattles from Germany would put out their psych-out international hit, "The Witch," but I'm sure Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl did not approve of their music video.



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October is Full of Weird Wednesdays at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 30, 2019 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Anton LaVey

Not only is October the kookiest, spookiest, and ookiest month of all, but at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco, it's also the Weirdest. Amoeba Music is thrilled and chilled to continue partnering with Alamo Drafthouse into the witching month for these five bitching Weird Wednesdays this October:

THE LOVE WITCH (2016)
Wednesday, October 2. 10:15pm
The Love Witch is a breath of fresh air for twenty-first century horror. Meticulously crafted on 35mm film by genre revisionist Anna Biller, this is both a salute to -- and an attack on -- decades of exploitation tradition. When a witch named Elaine (Samantha Robinson) moves to a new town, she wastes no time in using spells to line up lovers. And also corpses. Soon, Elaine finds her haunted libido in a psychotropic battle against an entire town of weirdos. Combining the hyper-stylized aesthetic of Jacques Tati, the surreal melodrama of Nicholas Ray, and the pop-art violence of Doris Wishman, The Love Witch drips with day-glo pulp while challenging gender expectations in horror. Smart, timeless, and unmissable.





SATANIS: THE DEVIL'S MASS (1970)
Wednesday, October 10. 10:15pm
Before Hail Satan, there was Satanis: The Devil's Mass! This is the unseen and unbelievable exposé documentary on Anton LaVey, America's favorite leader of the Church of Satan. Feeling like a bedtime story as told by Kenneth Anger and Russ Meyer, this is a wild glimpse into the witches, black masses, and sex lives that built San Francisco’s most infamous cult. From LaVey’s daughter ("I think they're nuts!") to a woman who performs a satanic rite with a Boa constrictor, you’ll meet numerous proto-goths, midnight maniacs, and daytime Draculas -- and even a pet tiger named Togare! In the words of LaVey, “If you’re going to be a sinner, be the best sinner on the block.”

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Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival in SF, 10/19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 27, 2019 07:49pm | Post a Comment

The Super Shangri-La Show (creators of the fringe film events Bigfoot Bonanza and The Space Visitors Film Festival) bring back Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival -- a full day of witchcraft-themed films at San Francisco's historic and haunted Balboa Theater -- on Saturday, October 19th! See seven films dealing in the dark arts, as well as special guest speaker Maja D'Aoust! Maja is an author, artist, practicing witch, and founder of the educational non-profit The Well Wishers, which focuses on teaching wellness and esoteric sciences to the community.

Here's the bewitching schedule for the day:
11:00am - Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
1pm - The Witches (1966)
3pm - Daughters of Satan (1972)
4:45pm - Night of the Demon (1957)
6:30pm - Guest Speaker Maja D’Aoust
7:30pm - Simon, King of the Witches (1971)
9:30pm - The Love Witch (2016)
10:15pm - The Devil’s Rain (1975)

Get your tickets to this unique day of magick and cinema HERE before they vanish!
 

 

NightLife Live Featuring Nick Hakim & Kadhja Bonet

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 27, 2019 06:51pm | Post a Comment

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences presents their final installment of the NightLife Nick HakimLIVE 2019 summer music series on Thursday, October 10th with special guests Nick Hakim and Kadhja Bonet. Brooklyn musician Nick Hakim's experimental soul music has the sonic luster to transport you to another world. His 2017 debut album, Green Twins, features soaring, rich arrangements inspired by classic soul albums, but spun into something modern with tings of psychedelia. The “inventive, inspiringly devious” (NPR) Kadhja Bonet opens the show, infusing her experimental and idiosyncratic mix of soul, jazz, and folk with a rich, ethereal soprano.

Additionally, you can explore a colorful new art installation by NightLife LIVE’s first artist-in-residence, Los Angeles-based artist Maggie West. Also, check out her interactive AR (augmented reality) art app THEIA and watch it transform the Academy before your eyes. NightLife LIVE also features hands-on, science-inspired crafts and creativity workshops with Paint Pens Collective, local vendors, and special “one-night-only” custom designs with screen printing by San Franpsycho.

Visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop for awesome used vinyl and other surprises too.

Get your tickets HERE, and RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook HERE.

At 2019 DMC World DJ Championship, DJ Throdown to rep USA following US DMC Finals - A Bittersweet Celebration of Hip-Hop & Life

Posted by Billyjam, September 27, 2019 01:18pm | Post a Comment


At this weekend's anticipated 2019 DMC World DJ Championship battle in London, where the new world champion of the prestigious DJ battle will be decided, DJ Throdown will be proudly representing the USA. [Also representing the US, but in the separate Supremacy Battle, will be DJ As-One.] This follows Throdown's impressive win in Denver earlier this month at the 2019 US DMC Finals. That memorably entertaining evening, that acted as both DJ battle and celebration of hip-hop and life, had a bittersweet edge to it since it became an informal heartfelt tribute to beloved hometown DMC champion DJ B*Money whose tragic death had occurred two weeks earlier and whose funeral took place just two days before the September 8th battle at Temple in Denver.

The 2019 DMC World DJ Championship takes place tomorrow, Saturday September 28th at London’s Islington Assembly Hall (tix/info) and will be live streamed via Facebook between 3pm and 11pm (GWT = 5/8 hours ahead of Eestern/Pacific). There among the non battle entertainment will be showcase sets by legendary 5 x DMC World DJ Champion DJ Craze and  3 x DMC UK Champion JFB. Meanwhile national DJ champions will fly in from all over the globe to compete in three different global DJ battles; The DMC World DJ Final, The Battle For World Supremacy and The DMC World DJ Championship - The Eliminations

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Opeth

Posted by Amoebite, September 24, 2019 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Opeth - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited to have Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish Progressive metal band Opeth do some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and share some of his favorite albums and artists, including Belgian prog band Univers Zero. "I don't know how to describe this music, it's insane," he told us, calling them, "highly skilled musicians." Though the challenging, dark prog group are largely obscure in most places, Åkerfeldt, pointed out that in Belgium finding a Univers Zero records is like finding an ABBA record in Sweden. "Definitely worth a listen if you're tired of the regular radio FM rock," he stated, continuing, "you're gonna die, pretty much."

Swedish progressive metal band Opeth was founded in 1989 by guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt and original frontman David Isberg with the intention of creating the "most evil band in the world." The band has gone Opeth - In Cauda Venenumthrough several lineup changes over the course of its three plus decades of existence, with& Åkerfeldt becoming Opeth's lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist after Isberg's departure in 1992. Opeth released their debut LP, Orchid, in 1995. Two years later, the group headed back to the studio to record a follow up, Morningrise. In support of the LP, Opeth embarked on a UK tour as well as a lengthy Scandinavian tour alongside Cradle of Filth. The success of the album won the attention of Century Media Records; the band signed to the label and Century Media released their records for the first time in the US.

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DJ Umami, Deeandroid, Lady Ryan, Lady Fingaz, ThatGirl & Pony P of Pioneering Bay Female DJ Peaches Crew Celebrate 10 Years

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2019 02:27pm | Post a Comment


This week the pioneering Bay Area all female Peaches Crew, comprised of multi-talented DJs Umami, Deeandroid, Lady Ryan, Lady Fingaz, ThatGirl and Pony P, will celebrate their ten year anniversary with a party/concert on Friday, September 27th at 7th West in Oakland. At the celebratory event, that will be hosted by Aima the Dreamer, the groundbreaking multi-talented six woman turntablist collective promise performances spinning “open format sets with an emphasis on true school hip-hop and #realdjing: deejaying with skills encompassing turntablism and trick-mixing.”

Peaches was founded back in 2009 by then-bartender Masaye "Mama Peach" who initially formed the crew as a part of a weekly DJ party at the Mission District Skylark Bar where they still hold down Thursdays. Crediting “sisterhood” for their inner crew harmony and decade of longevity, the DJs of Peaches Crew are a true representative cross section of women in today's diverse progressive society. As noted by founding member Masaye, the Peaches Crew’s rich diverse membership incorporates, “mothers, business owners, working women, wives, singles, producers, singers; they are Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, White, Muslim; Straight and LGBTQ. Their parties and mixes celebrate music that unites with a homage to the roots of hip-hop and hip-hop DJ’ing.” 

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Beloved Bay Area DJ Lazyboy's Cancer Surgery "Pre-Op / Last Supper Send Off Party" - Tonight @ Madrone in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2019 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Fun, funny and super-talented Bay Area DJ Lazyboy recently received some life-changing news regarding his on-and-off, long running battle against cancer;  one that the beloved battle/party-rocking / radio DJ  mistakenly thought he had won a few years back during his last confrontational bout with the killer disease. " I just got cancer again," recently announced the 7x Regional DMC Finalist DJ adding, "Not sure how it’s gonna end up this time. Losing a big part of my tongue and hopefully not my life!"  Lazyboy was referencing the emergency surgery he has to undergo this week in which doctors will remove a large portion of his tongue.  The devastating after effects of this surgery will greatly impact Lazyboy's ability to speak. This serious surgery is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday September 24th but tonight rather than be alone feeling sorry for himself,  the always upbeat and positive-thinking DJ will instead celebrate life in the company of good friends (many fellow DJs) at a fun "pre-op / last supper send-off party."
"Pre-Op / Last Supper Send Off Party"  happening this evening at the Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco from 6pm to 9pm will be attended (on the decks and in the house) by those many friends of the universally liked Santa Rosa native, born Gregory Indermark Sherell, who were equally shocked by this bad news and rallied their support by planning to participate in this last minute celebration of life and good health and the joy of enjoying eating food.  "Let us gather for what may be my last meal, no really, this could be the last time I'm able to eat food per conventional methods. So come share stories, music, food, the whole gamut of emotions and maybe take a last look at it in all it's shining pink glory before saying goodbye to our old friend (my tongue) in his current form," wrote DJ Lazyboy in inviting folks to tonight's bittersweet gathering.

Rather than linger in self-pity and focus on the negative, in addition to tonight's upbeat send-off party, yesterday (Sunday Sept 22nd)  Lazyboy (who does all types of DJ parties and events) went into productive, forward-thinking mode by booking studio time to record a wide variety of useful soundbites for the future with his voice, while he can still speak. So he wrote up a script to record all of the many things "needed to say" in such future recurring working DJ scenarios as "wedding, night club, birthday, corporate, showcase, Quinceaneras and message to kid(s)." In advance of yesterday's voice studio recording session, the hard-working DJ reached out and invited friends to assist him in case there were any categories he might have overlooked in his script. He also took that opportunity to scold and remind people to not feel sorry for him by offering prayers. "Stop with the prayers please," he insisted. "I don’t need prayers, I need help with this script!"

Desert Daze 2019 Tickets on Sale Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, September 23, 2019 02:56pm | Post a Comment

Desert Daze 2019

The Desert Daze Music & Arts Festival is returning for another magical weekend of music under the desert stars! The stellar lineup includes Flaming Lips, Ween, Wu-Tang Clan, Devo, Stereolab, Khruangbin and many, many more. The festival takes at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th.

This is the eighth year for the festival, which is put on by the good people at Moon Block, and the second at Moreno Beach. There are several ticket options available online including single day tickets, weekend passes, camping passes, and car camping vehicle passes. Or, if you prefer to save some money on fees, you can get the following tickets in-store at Amoeba Hollywood:

Camping Pass $99
  • Grants admission for one person to the campgrounds Thursday - Sunday
  • Everyone camping must also have Weekend GA, Azurite or Obsidian festival passes.

3-Day Weeeknd
General Admission

Hip-Hop Weekly Top 5 Chart: Pete Rock & Skyzoo's Wake-Up Call + KILLY, GoldLink, Him Lo, Termanology & Dame Grease

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2019 07:51am | Post a Comment
             


#1: Skyzoo + Pete Rock
Retropolitan  (Mello Music)

#2: KILLY Light Path 8 (Epic)  avail on CD + crystal clear vinyl LP

#3: GoldLink  Diaspora 2LP vinyl (RCA)

#4: Termanology & Dame Grease Set In Stone (Brick Records)

#5:  Him Lo Prince Akeem Jewelz (Grilchy Party)

New chart entries, hip-hop arrivals into Amoeba over the past two Fridays, include the September 20th release from Toronto, Canada rapper KILLY of the 13 track Light Path 8 that's also available on  crystal clear vinyl LP pressing. Initially released at the start of the summer but now available on 2LP vinyl set is DC artist GoldLink’s highly recommended, ambitious new 2019 sophomore album Diaspora 2LP vinyl. Other chart entries include Termanology & Dame Grease’s Set In Stone (Brick Records), and Him Lo's Prince Akeem Jewelz (Grilchy Party) and the new number chart entry from two unmatchable hip-hop talents: Pete Rock and Skyzoo.

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Litquake Presents Chris Kattan & the Lady From the Black Lagoon

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2019 09:13pm | Post a Comment

Litquake, San Francisco's annual literary festival, returns October 10-19 in venues all over the city. Amoeba Music is thrilled to co-present these two exciting events happening at the Alamo Drafthouse:

Baby, Don't Hurt Me: An Evening with Chris Kattan
Saturday, October 12 • 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse New MissionChris Kattan
Chris Kattan has defied comparison, expectations, and sometimes gravity with his inimitable style of physical comedy. By creating some of the most memorable Saturday Night Live characters, as well as his many roles in film and television, Kattan has remained one of the world's most fearless and versatile comedians. His new memoir Baby, Don't Hurt Me offers an unprecedented look into Chris’s life, from working alongside Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey, to more sobering moments such as breaking his neck at SNL, which sidetracked his career and nearly paralyzed him. Conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald, followed by book sales and signing. Tickets $30.

The Lady From the Black Lagoon
Wednesday, October 16 • 7:00pm. Alamo Drafthouse New MissionLady from the Black Lagoon
The horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon released to theaters in 1954, and quickly became iconic. But thanks to a jealous male colleague, the monster’s designer Milicent Patrick received zero credit for her contribution. Her career ended soon thereafter, and she disappeared. Screenwriter and film producer Mallory O’Meara uncovers a fascinating story of the woman who created one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters. The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Milicent Patrick in her rightful place in film history, while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since. Book signing at 6pm, followed by 7pm onstage conversation and screening of the film (in 3-D). Tickets $25.

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Saluting Beloved Eccentric Artist Daniel Johnston [1961-2019]

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2019 11:49pm | Post a Comment

Beloved eccentric Austin singer/songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston passed away earlier today at age 58 following a heart attack, leaving behind a prolific body of unique work including such recording projects as Yip/ Jump Music and Hi, How Are You. Coincidentally those two 1983 albums were released as a double album set just a few months ago by the Feraltone label with the weird bugged eye happy frog cover art of “Hi How Are You” being a well known example of Johnston’s visual art. There's even a mural version of it in Austin, Texas. 

Born in Sacramento, California and raised in West Virginia, Johnston lived most of his life in Austin TX; a town he became closely associated with and where he first came to fame in the early 80's. It was there his unique music and unique DIY approach to promotion and distribution of it turned heads as he passed out homemade tapes of his music fans he met on the street. Johnston soonafter earned himself a cult following with many of his fans also being musicians. Upon news of his death today numerous musicians and music fans all over took to Twitter to express their sadness of the news of his passing including the staff at Amoeba Music.

Truly an artist’s artist, in 2004 Johnston was celebrated with an album of cover versions of his songs by such admiring artists as Beck, TV On The Radio and Tom Waits. He was also once one of the favorite artists of Kurt Cobain; something that resulted in him being exposed to an even wider audience at the time.

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Holiday On The Moon Festival in Oakland, 9/28-9/29

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 10, 2019 07:44pm | Post a Comment

Dead Meadow

Holiday On The Moon Festival lands in Oakland at The Uptown nightclub for a weekend of psychedelic, Holiday on the Moon, Oaklandstoner & garage rock, September 28th & 29th. Catch sets from Dead Meadow, SPINDRIFT, Everyone Is Dirty, the California Raga Association, and many more, plus DJ sets from former Amoebite Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Omar Perez (Popscene/Leisure/Sixxteen/So What).

Check out this line-up!

SATURDAY, 9/28:
Dead Meadow
Down Dirty Shake
The Spiral Electric
Pets
The Love Dimension
Chief SF
Floored Faces
My Dallas Teens
California Raga Association
Special appearance and DJ set by Joel Gion
DJ Raul Sanchez (Cool As F*ck Happy Hour)
Main stage liquid light show by Mad Alchemy
Visuals by Astra Mori & New Oscillations

SUNDAY, 9/29:
SPINDRIFT
Everyone Is Dirty
The Spyrals
silent pictures
Fake Your Own Death
Coywolf
The Pleasure Routine
The Green Door
Tom Meade (synth performance)
Jason Simon (solo performance)
DJ set by Omar Perez
Main stage projections by White Light Prism
Visuals by Astra Mori & New Oscillations

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with EARTHGANG

Posted by Amoebite, September 10, 2019 03:11pm | Post a Comment

EARTHGANG - What's In My Bag?

We had the pleasure of talking to Atlanta based hip hop duo EARTHGANG at Amoeba Hollywood recently, having shopped the store for some of the records, books, comics and memorabilia that have inspired them. "This is one of the greatest albums ever created in hip hop," Olu (aka Johnny Venus) told us, holding up a copy of UGK's Super Tight. Calling it "the first album that made me wanna get into producing," he went on to say, "I really appreciate the way that these records painted life in the south...these cats are really intelligent."

EARTHGANG consists of Olu and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot). The group was founded in 2008 while both members were still in high school. They released their first EP, The Better Party, two years later. While EARTHGANG - Mirrorlandattending Hampton University, Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot also founded the Spillage Village collective of rappers, producers, and singers; in addition to the duo behind EARTHGANG, members include J.I.D, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, Mereba, 6LACK, and Lute. Spillage Village also serves as a record label and is the home to the collective's first three releases, the Bears Like This (2014) and Bears Like This Too (2015) EPs, and the Bears Like This Too Much LP (2016).

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Desolation Center Documentary Screenings in Hollywood, SF & Berkeley

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2019 07:55pm | Post a Comment

Desolation Center is the previously untold story of a series of early '80s guerrilla music and art Desolation Centerperformance happenings in Southern California that are recognized to have paved the way for Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella, collective experiences that have become key elements of popular culture in the 21st century. The feature documentary splices interviews and rare performance footage of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans, Redd Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Savage Republic, and more, documenting a time when pushing the boundaries of music, art, and performance felt almost like an unspoken obligation.

Directed by Stuart Swezey, the creator and principal organizer of these unique events, Desolation Center demonstrates how the risky, and at times even reckless, actions of a few outsiders can unintentionally lead to seismic cultural shifts. Combining Swezey’s exclusive access to never-before-seen archival video, live audio recordings, and stills woven together with new cinematically shot interviews, verité footage and animated sequences, Desolation Center captures the spirit of the turbulent times from which these events emerged.

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Electronica 12" Vinyl Sale at Amoeba SF Starts 9/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 9, 2019 03:13pm | Post a Comment

We are overflowing with quality Electronica 12" vinyl at Amoeba SF, so we've priced hundreds of Electro, House & Pop Dance 12" records to move! Sale starts this Wednesday, September 11th.

Don't wait because this sale is on only while supplies last!

Miles’ Bitches Brew is 50 Years Old!

Posted by Rick Frystak, September 9, 2019 01:46pm | Post a Comment
 
Miles DavisBitches Brew was hatched 50 years ago to the public. Unbelievable. Columbia did a 40 Year Anniversary box set of the record, so I don’t expect costs or sales in the current marketplace to allow a 50-year version. Bitches Brew IS NOT LIKE OTHER records of its time, or any time. It should have a hype sticker on the outside. I believe it had a ‘’2-LP’’ sticker or something to let you know, or to entice you to buy/warn you. The first time I heard any of It was on a series of bootleg LPs that sounded like it was just hard core jamming, with the gents’ strict orders to play their asses off, and LOUDLY! The music itself was more like In ASilent Way at a faster tempo, dipped in more distortion, courtesy Chick’s Rhodes set to 11, and at faster tempi. There was a bigger hit of funk in this, due to Jack Dejohnette’s evolvement in the groove that was happening. I was familiar and in awe of the players, hence my interest in the first place. 
 
Then it came out on a legit 2-fer, with German painter Mati Klarwein’s fantastic gatefold artwork, so mysterious, tribal and enticing. It contributed to many sales of the record, no doubt, and just the title-Bitches Brew-challenged the norm of the day (this was 1970), visually wreaked havoc on one’s imagination, and surely tugged at the sexuality of anyone who checked it out. And that cover REALLY made you want to check it out. To this day.
 
Miles was letting the cats do their own thing, and then Teo would edit later. These cuts (or sections of them) began showing up on the boots from 1969, and many have wonderful sound quality. Miles’ album Live-Evil held edits of some of these remarkable sessions. Differing speakers tighten the sound considerably, giving the electric pianos a sound stage that blends them into what sounds like one Rhodes Piano. On headphones, Airto has some definite African groove spinning out of his groovy Brazilian head, plus some animal effects emanating from his prowess. These are especially prominent in the live cuts released in the subsequent Bitches Brew Live album.

Miles had discarded the RMI electric pianos around this time. Good. Rhodes ruled. I love the spacey dissonance of the 2 or 3 Fender Rhodes pianos-they sound like one person with fifteen fingers. These fingers split themselves into a Zawinul, a Corea, a Hancock and on the guitar, a McLaughlin, not to give short shrift to a Billy Cobham, Tony WilliamsLarry Young and the whole, big world of jazz-rock legends that those fingers were dancing to. Listening now, can you believe that this music was the beginning of huge new styles in jazz-rock thought up in the mid-late 60’s?

OK, so then the studio record(s) came out as a 2-LP set on Columbia Records’ 360-degree label. There are SOME allusions to BItches Brew on all Miles’ discs located around this time. You’ve got Harvey Brooks,  Electric Flag’s bass player on most of the studio material, shadowing Dave Holland, but never live, so only a studio thing. Was he Miles’ choice ‘cuz he dug the Flag, or what? I guess he had worked on Betty Davis’ LP around this time, and Miles dug what he was doing. He works out about half the time, the rest of the time he’s echoing Holland with Zawinul, Jack and Chick, or just doing garage band rock grooves. It gave producer Teo Macero more stuff to edit in. You’ve got Larry Young doing his best juju, but not live. There is a treasure of known innovators here, but mostly Chick, Jack, Dave, Keith and Airto, with Zawinul, Cobham and Herbie on the studio cuts. All these ‘’complete’’ box sets show the progress of Miles’ and Teo’s thinking, and I have my favorites. Here, we’re talking Bitches Brew. Bennie Maupin’s, bass clarinet added a foreboding sense of the spookyness, perhaps the best reflection of the cover art and another stroke of genius, musically, in this particular brew de’ bitch. But it’s the foundation of later jazz-rock that we have here, so big deal, indeed.

Currently we’ve got what Sony calls, ‘’The Legacy Series.’’  These have been remixed and remastered by Teo Macero and various other engineer types in the era (Stan Tonkel, Russ Payne, etc.). Legally, I understand that Joe Zawinul had to squeeze Miles to get his name credited to some of the pieces (Pharoah’s Dance, In A Silent Way, etc) that he rightfully wrote. What’s ‘’writing’’ in this context? In A Silent Way is clearly a song Joe was working on, with extra music and changes with Cannonball and on his first solo album. 

Bitches Brew is not like other of Miles’ recordings that he recorded at that time. Live, you could hear his huge change of direction, starting with his own playing, with leaping, searching whelps of chromatic blues and then into the Jack Dejohnette/Chick Corea/ Keith Jarrett show, Jack doing his massive, rolling funk trip and Chick squeezing every sound possible from the Rhodes with distortion and a ring modulator attached. And don’t forget Keith Jarrett’s last use of electronics  (including Ruta and Daitya, cut in 1972 on ECM) before going 100% acoustic, here playing the long-discontinued Fender Contempo Combo organ which Miles must have thought blended nicely with the Rhodes. To me it sounds like something you’d borrow from the kid down the street for a garage jam, but oddly sounds wonderful in Keith Jarrett’s hands, used in unison with other riffs Keith was playing. This is best illustrated in the Complete Cellar Door sessions that Sony released from 1970 sessions at that club.
 
Do you have The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions box set? Most of the unreleased (until this box set ) cuts I like better than the actual released LP takes. You can hear Miles reaching out into differing styles much more than what we’re given in the official release, pretty much a lot of similar jams that Teo Macero and Miles chose to edit severely. In fact, this is a major editing project, one that makes the tracks blossom into ‘’songs’’ that were deemed the right direction for Miles to present to his audience as his current sound. I suppose that continuity was a factor in putting the set together as time would tell.
 
Mobile Fidelity, the audiophile remastering company has released a great sounding remastered version of the record here.  Mobile Fidelity has also released In A Silent Way, with some Bitches Brew-intended material included which were meant for some of Miles' projects. Who knows, with all the tape editing, what made it and what ended up on the floor.
  
The in A Silent Way box set (highly recommended) delivers the last of the more compositional Miles cuts, many written by Wayne Shorter. Wayne does drop ‘’Sanctuary’’ into the whole Brew, almost to add a little respite to the 15-finger sound that the rest of the tracks deliver. At this time, too, Wayne was pulling back as THE writer, saving his stuff for Weather Reportand knowing from what I hear in the live situation (Wayne didn’t make the Newport Jazz Fest at this time because of traffic getting in!), that he would enjoy less improvising, as his composing was becoming more and more interesting.
 
In this remix culture, the calls to remix this record are moot-it’s been done at least twice already. The Quadraphonic remix, which plays normally and wonderfully in stereo is available all over, (I’ve seen many copies at Amoeba Music) as many original Quad Columbia LPs are. They made a big commitment to Quad when the format came out. The Quad mixes are just a few guys in a room remixing the multitrack tapes into 4 channels. These might be 3-track mixes,( folded out? )into four. Or, they could be 8-track recordings, so says Sony engineer Mark Wilder. One hears some totally different playing, unedited by Teo, and different movement in the whole project. Absolutely fascinating. There is also a Japanese Quad SA-CD 2-disc that may be remixed by Teo. I have not heard those mixes.
 
The Legacy Edition that you get when you buy the current version states that it has  been remixed and mastered by Teo Macero. This could be in error, as Teo does not mention these in his subsequent interviews, and Miles can’t comment.
 
To read a difinitive article about the Bitches Brew album, sessions and methodology, go to Paul Tingen’s phenomenal piece in Jazztimes magazine from July 2017 here: https://jazztimes.com/author/paul-tingen/

NightLife Live Featuring Duckwrth & G.L.A.M

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 8, 2019 03:40pm | Post a Comment

NightLife Live Duckwrth

San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences presents its next installment of the NightLife LIVE Duckwrthsummer music series on Thursday, September 12th with special guests Duckwrth and G.L.A.M. South Central L.A. rapper Duckwrth mixes hip-hop, funk, and rock for an exciting and unique sound. Duckwrth is coming off the release of his new EP, Falling Man, and a track on the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. Oakland-born MC/producer G.L.A.M opens the evening with fiery lyrics and her take on ‘90s-influenced hip-hop.

Additionally, you can explore a colorful new art installation by NightLife LIVE’s first artist-in-residence, Los Angeles-based artist Maggie West. Also, check out her interactive AR (augmented reality) art app THEIA and watch it transform the Academy before your eyes. NightLife LIVE also features hands-on, science-inspired crafts and creativity workshops with Paint Pens Collective, local vendors, and special “one-night-only” custom designs with screen printing by San Franpsycho.

Visit us at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop for loads of awesome vinyl and other surprises too.

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Homeboy Sandman Announces New 15-Track Album “DUSTY” To Be Released October 18th on Mello Music Group

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2019 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Contemporary hip-hop’s leading lyrical wordsmith Homeboy Sandman (aka the rappers favorite rapper) this week announced the date and title of his anticipated new album; DUSTY that will be released via Mello Music Group (MMG) on October 18th. This week the advance album track “Far Out” was leaked by the label as a free download as well as being published as an audio-only video (hear below). The new album track follows the release earlier this summer of the Aesop Rock produced banger “West Coast” that accompanied the announcement by the Elmhurst, Queens raised rapper that he had signed with the MMG label.

Yesterday I reached out and asked the former Stones Throw signee what he felt makes this forthcoming album (his debut with MMG) unique?  He immediately replied with a smile that, “I guess I’d have to say the music!” That modest answer overlooks the fact that the naturally gifted emcee pens some of today's most richly complex lyrics that effortlessly manage to pack more into one song that the average rapper accomplishes over an entire album! Homeboy Sandman's new official affiliation with MMG follows his releasing material via Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records for several years dating all the way back to 2012’s First Of A Living Breed. His last release was the late 2018 Stones Throw issued album Humble Pi that was a collaborative project with beloved unique Boston producer/emcee talent Edan.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2019 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

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Weird Wednesday at The Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in September

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba and Alamo Drafthouse are at it again this September as we continue our partnership for Weird Wednesday at the New Mission theater in SF! Weird Wednesday is Alamo's weekly celebration of movies that are too outrageous, too beastly, too gritty, and sometimes too synthy for prime time. Here's what we have in store for you this month...

SLEEPWALKERS (1992)
Wednesday, September 4. 10:15pm
Mary and her son Charles are shapeshifting, telekinetic beasts who eat the souls of virgins and battle really cute house cats. Oh, and they’re also lovers. Filled with gory carnage, jaw-dropping special effects, and a constant barrage of insanity, Sleepwalkers is the ultimate WTF party in Stephen King’s filmography. Look for uncredited cameos from Mark Hamill, Joe Dante, Tobe Hooper, and Clive Barker. Plus a scene with John Landis eating a sandwich while performing an autopsy.



AN EVENING OF SYNTH ROCK W/ GENESIS AND EMERSON, LAKE, AND PALMER (1977)
Wednesday, September 11. 10:40pm
A 35mm double bill played L*O*U*D, communing us with the colorful godz of classic progressive rock. Come take a topographic journey into 21st Century Schizoid land with us. Everything that makes prog wonderful (and everything scoffed at by critics of the day) is on display in Genesis: In Concert (‘77) and ELP: Pictures At An Exhibition (‘73): synths, organs, dual drummers, Rickenbacker basses, guitar prodigies, elaborate stage shows, astounding sounds, lyrics from another planet and melodies from the eighth dimension.

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Friends of the SF Public Library Big Book Sale, Sept. 18 - 22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 1, 2019 01:54pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba is a proud sponsor of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s 55th Annual Big Book Sale, which runs September 18th - 22nd at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion. This family-friendly event attracts over 10,000 book lovers and features over 1/2 a million books and media of all kinds. Children’s books, music books, history books, nonfiction books, art books, and a huge collection of vinyl are all available for $2-$4! There’s also a rare and collectible book section that is expertly curated.

Friends’ Members will kick off the sale on Tuesday, September 17th at the Member Preview Sale and Reception from 4pm to 8pm. The sale opens to the public on Wednesday morning and goes through Sunday. On Sunday, all books will be sold for just $1. All sections will be restocked daily with new and exciting finds; there will be no shortage of great titles.